Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for May 2005


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Announcements

From the Quartermaster:

Congratulations to Maeve Kanefor completing her 4th level Muster rank! Her field of expertise is fiber arts, with an emphasis on knitting. She performed beautifully, and gave the committee many ideas for future Clann growth. Congratulations, Maeve! This now means that along with David Vavreck, and Mary McKinley she is a "go to" person - any questions, any muster check of requirements, she can help you! We continue to expect great thngs from Maeve.

From the President:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appoinment of a new Company Representative. As most of us know, no one stepped forward in February to accept a nomination, and the position has been vacant. An old member (OK, he's not that old) has rejoined and accepted the Board appoinment - Sean McCanna. He is available (as is Diana) for concerns, complaints, ideas, whatever. Please check the contact info for how to reach him.

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Still looking for thoughts on Why We Do What We Do

—and what will make it more fun for you.

What are you looking for in Clann? What can we do better? What are we doing well? Please let us know—we all want this to be a fun, fulfilling experience for everyone.

Send info to Mary McKinley at the previously posted info—snail mail:
Mary McKinley
1363 Jefferson Ave
St Paul, MN 55105-2410

Drill

Clann's monthly drill will be held on the third Saturday of the month at Bossen Field by Lievtenant Eric and Hellen's home (5732 Bossen Terrace Apt#2), unless there is a scheduled Clann Event that weekend.
The time is NOON.
For directions, Lievtenant Eric can be contacted at: 612-726-6364 or eric@celticfringe.net

Wanted!

Submissions for the Newsletter!
Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter@clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.
Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.



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Letter to the Editor

				Tartan Day 2005

Dear Clann Tartan Newsletter,

What if?  What if it's time for Clann Tartan to rethink its
presentations, with the goal of attracting more new members and paid
engagements?  By returning to the initiating vision of Jeff Nordin and
others, maybe in the absence of Shaun Gaffney's spirit and energy, it's
time either to find a new colonel whose charisma makes the mercenary
side of Clann Tartan more lively and entertaining, or else refocus about
what reenactment of 16th and 17th Century Scotland can offer the
contemporary public.  Let's face it, a "gun show" mood is a rather down
affair because killing isn't the happy unifier people are looking for,
it's hardly worked out so well, so far!  Has it?

...I suggest something a little more genuine than Brigadoon, yet more of
an enjoyable "show" with characters, plot (repetory formats), music,
dance, craft show, mini Highland games, demonstrations in context, in
short, something free, but worth paying for!

I wanted to join Clann Tartan to try-out new ideas for an historically
plausible "living history" personality I could use to expand my
understanding of a critical, indeed, "revolutionary" turning point in
modern history, the late renaissance and era of the English Civil War.
True, "new model armies" and skilled, seasoned mercenaries were taking
the field for the first time, breaking away from the feudal loyalties
and obligations that had crumbled after the Black Death and the 100
Years War, but there were many other types of Scots who would have
surrounded the mercenary camp of Col. Gaffney.

I wanted to join Clann Tartan to feel welcomed and included in a clann
family whose goals were larger than being a "clannish" social in-group.
Sure, I can enjoy a passive or inactive status if my character of 17th
Cent. Highland Shaman is seen as an outsider, even a dissident anarchist
peacenik from the mercenary recruiter's viewpoint, but any group needs
to balance Spartan conservatism with Athenean democracy and liberalism.

What do other members think?  Will the current organizational structure
let members question "our" structure and future direction?  If my letter
goes unprinted I suppose that I'll have my answer, and realize letters
to the editor aren't solicited.  Thanks.

Not on the web --!

Michael (Apollo) McKenzie,
would-be, Oracle of Kintail

P.S.  If the newsletter isn't for members' input, I think that it
should be, and it could act as a much needed forum for discussion.


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Board Minutes

Minutes of Clann Tartan Board and Annual Membership Meeting
March 7, 2005

In attendance:  (Board) Mary McKinley,  Rob Portinga, Diana Steben, 
Bruce Yoder, Glenn McDavid

(Staff) Rob Johnson, Maeve Kane

(Members) David Vavreck

The minutes from the February Board and Membership meeting were approved.
 
OLD BUSINESS
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STRALSUND
No update.  We are considering staying over an extra night.


NEW MEMBERS LETTER
The draft from the committee (Mia, Glenn, and Bruce) was approved with
small corrections.  Along with it we should send a copy of Maeve's
letter about going to your first event, and a list of Muster
requirements.  This packet is to be mailed by the Secretary.

MAEVE'S PAPER DOLLS
It appears that we would have to pay sales tax if we sell them.  We have
a Federal Tax ID, but we need a State Tax ID for Minnesota.  David will
contact the Department of Revenue,  For events in other States we will
need the appropriate ID's for those states.  Alternatively, we simply
might not sell anything at such events.

INSURANCE
The Reenactor's Insurance we had been investigating is no longer
available.  David Vavreck will look into other possibilities.   Also,
Bruce Yoder checked our current policy and discovered we do not have
fire coverage.  This is an obvious problem and we need to fix it.

COMPANY REP
This Board position is still open.  We are still looking for someone to
fill it.

VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT
Bruce Yoder reported that St. Christopher's Episcopal Church has asked
the Dance Guild to pay $15 per month.  We are not being singled out; the
Church is making similar requests to comparable organizations that use
the building.

We could look into other possible locations (e.g. Macalester, Molly
Quinn's) but there is no obvious alternative site.  Another possibility
would be to have the Dance Guild members pay for it.  Sales of Lisa's
Dance CD were suggested, but, while fine for our needs, it is not 
really a marketable item.

TREASURER'S REPORT
Reports were submitted.  We got three new student members at Albert Lea,
but none at Ramble.

SECRETARY -- No report.

QUARTERMASTER -- Absent, no report

SWORD GUILD -- No report

HISTORIC SITE -- Nothing new

DRUM -- Maeve has wav files for the drum calls.  We can convert those to
MP3.

FIBER GUILD -- Camp Drill will include an opportunity for members to
work on their costumes.  

Maeve will let us use her dolls within Clann.


COMMUNICATIONS 
Rob Portinga outlined the improvements to the Web Site.  Forums are now
working.  Newsletters are also on-line.  We are not currently being
linked from the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games (MSF&HG)
site--that needs to be fixed. 

The mailing list is being cleaned.  We are working on a list of what is
in the library.  We need to renew the Smoke & Fire News subscription and
have it mailed to Maeve.

IMMERSION WEEKEND -- The committee has not met yet.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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DEFINITE
3/26       Camp Drill.  Inver Grove Heights.

4/6        Tartan Day.  We need musketeers.

April      Work weekends.  Need to plan.

6/11-12    Old World Ren Fair, Twig MN.  We have a contract.

7/9        MSF&HG,  We need a contact with the Viking group.

7/14-17    Tactical

Aug-Sept   Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Dates of Highland Fling
           weekend have not yet been announced.  

9/29-10/2  Big Island.  We are contracted for 8 demos.

November   David will meet Rob to plan the Stralsund trip.  Apparently
           Boyer Ford rents vans with trailer hitches, which would be
           useful.      

POSSIBLE
5/13-15    Military Time Line.  Charles City, Iowa.  We have an offer.

6/4-25     Wisconsin Renaissance Faire, Chippewa Falls.  Conflicts with
weekends   Old World Ren Fair (6/11-12).  There is also some concern
           about whether we have the resources--they want us every
           weekend.

7/31-8/7   Deer River.   Still waiting to hear from them

Other possibilities include the Watson Harvest Fest, the Shooter's
Roundup, and the Milwaukee Highland Games.  Also, the Thompson Law Firm
has invited us to speech about Scottish Law.  This was referred to
David.

OTHER

4th Level Muster:  Need to document the requirements and schedule the
Muster for Maeve.

Voting Privileges:  The need to simplify the By-Laws is generally
acknowledged.  Mia's proposal was well received, but it will require a
formal By-Law change by membership vote.

Meeting adjourned at 8:51 P.M.



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Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Mary McKinley 651-699-6853 mairi2@juno.com
Vice President Bruce Yoder 651-698-8375 bruceyoder@juno.com
Secretary Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid@comcast.net
Treasurer Rob Portinga 651-253-4506 rob@portinga.org
Quarter Master Herb Lindorff 612-827-4440 deeptinker@hotmail.com
Camp Rep. Diana Steben 612-728-1189 Rillaspins@aol.com
Company Rep. Sean McCanna 952-922-7408   macbaird@lycos.com  

Staff

Captain Marty Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Lieutenant Eric Ferguson 612.726.6364 eric@celticfringe.net
Head Campfollower Rob Johnson 612.702.4274  roguerpj@mn.rr.com
Assistant Head Campfollower Julie Yoder 651.698.8375 julieyoder@juno.com
Goodwife Judy Byers 651.483.1173 mjlbyers@msn.com
Goodwife Maeve Kane 952.461.4666  

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

I am now taking names of MEMBERS, who are interested in learning the period correct way to wield the blades we would have used. The methods will be totally Scottish and /or common to the Scottish Island.

But, first I need your name, mailing address, phone number and what type of sword you are interested in...and, do you have such a sword. When I have this information, we will set up a date and time to get together for our first exercise.

I hope to use some of what we learn in a skit or two during the coming years. The more blades we have to be used correctly the better we will be for the public.

So, get me this information soon and let's get started.

Marty L. Byers
651-483-1173


Dance

1st & 3rd Wednesdays
One Grenoble Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

The community center for Skyline Village, on the east side of Concord St. at 75th St in Inver Grove Heights. About 2.5 miles south of I494

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in St. Paul.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 651-698-8375

It's a great place to meet people !

Other Guilds

Want to learn about wool spinning, weaving, or dying? Diana Steben (651-489-2881) and Kali Pederson (651-730-5437 ) organize the Fiber Guild.

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

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A note from the Head Campfollower

Hello,

This is a reminder of some up coming events.

First is Camp Drill. This will the held on Saturday April 23rd form 10-4. It will be at the Corcoran Center. The address is 3334 20th Ave S Minneapolis, MN. You can find a map in the newsletter or on the web site.

http://www.clanntartan.org/newsletter/clannnewsletter-april2005.html#events

or

http://www.clanntartan.org/events/mapcorcoran.html

The last drill was a great success and we hope to continue building on that.

Bring a project you are currently working on and have some fellow members give you advice and moral support.

Also, on May 13th through the 15th we will be going to Charles City Iowa for their Military Days. This is a paid event. We need to have 6 people in attendance each of the days.

More information can be found at their web site.

http://hometown.aol.com/daveww2/CHARLESCITYclub.html

Friday the 13th (shudder) is a school day and we are required to have 4 demos running every hour the site is open. These don't have to always be the same. By all accounts I have heard this is a fun event and would be great to have on our schedule annually.

Directions and time will be forth coming.

This event is 25 days away. I must have commitments from those that wish to attend 10 days prior to May 13th. That means I must hear from you personally by the end of the day on May 3rd or you will not be counted as part of the food. If we don't have 6 people by that dead line Clann will have to cancel the trip. It is understood the emergencies do happen and we will do our best to accommodate special cases.

The issue if getting a commitment and making a clear list of attendees has been an on going issue. So, 3 days prior to the dead line a camp officer will post the current list as we know for verification. Please only respond if you don't see your name on the list and it should be. I realize that people are being helpful when you tell us that so and so said they would be coming: however, if we haven't heard directly from the member we can't count them as attending. You would not believe how this speculation can vary the head count of an event.

Rob Johnson
HCF

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Baethan at the Moon

At the request of the Board of Directors, this monthly column will address members' questions about, well, anything related to what we in Gaffneyis Regiment do. What is event X like? Are thingamajigs period? How do you make a whatzahoozits? Where do you get a fribber-frabber? Members are requested to send questions about anything pertinent to Baethan (David Vavreck) who can be reached at 612-378-1973, baethan1630@yahoo.com, or 1036 24th Avenue SE, Mpls. MN 55414

New members ask "What is that mustering thing all about?"

Our manual lists the requirements for the various muster levels - unsworn, recruit, veteran, and Gaffneyis Own - but doesn't really explain the point of our mustering system.

No, it's not a little head game we play, nor is it merely a series of hoops to no end.

The point of our mustering system is to provide a framework to enable us to become the best interpreters that we can be.

As the requirements themselves are spelled out clearly in the Manual, there is no need to repeat that info here. I will, however, give the gist thereof.

Level one (the Unsworn) essentially requires that you have the basic clothing to appear in public with us.

Level two (the Recruit) requires a knowledge of basic information and skills in order to begin performing and interpreting for the public.

Level three (the Veteran) brings in more advanced skills and encourages you to begin doing research.

Level four (Gaffneyis Own) demonstrates mastery of not only something you are particularly interested in - craft, art, science, what have you - but also a knowledge of pretty much everything that we do as an organization.

Upon reaching levels two and four, you earn the right to wear our two badges - our distinctive yellow cockade for second level, and the Gaffneyis Own badge for fourth level.

Whether you are new to our group or on old hand, there are two things you can do that will make you a more effective living historian:

Read! Our Manual is full of research articles on many topics. Public and university libraries are full of books. And we have our own lending library which currently resides at our Lievtenant's house. Contact Eric or Hellen Ferguson to make an appointment.

Take in every demonstration you can, whether by our own members, other reenactors at events, or at any of the many living history sites around the nation.

Everything we learn can only help make us even better living historians than we already are.

p.s. since last month's Baethan at the Moon about Gaffneyis Own, we have another member that has reached that level. Congratulations, Maeve Kane!

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to contact your staff
if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.
You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff@clanntartan.org.

May 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Dance 
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7
Clann Tartan Board
& Membership Meeting
Corcoran Park,Hall
12Noon!
 
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Dance 
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Charles City Iowa
Military Days
 
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Charles City Iowa
Military Days
 
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Charles City Iowa
Military Days
 
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Dance 
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Drill 
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Dance 
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27
 
28
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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JUNE 2005

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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Dance 
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Old World Ren Fair
Twig MN. 
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Old World Ren Fair
Twig MN. 
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Dance 
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Dance 
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Drill 
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25
CAMP DRILL
10AM to 4PM
Please call a staff
member for location 
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Dance 
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Maps

Map to Inver Grove Heights location- Dance Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Board Meetings
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Map to Board/Quarterly/Annual Meetings
Corcoran Park, Minneapolis

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Event Maps and Notification

Charles City Iowa Military Days, May 13th-15th, 2005

Old World Ren Fair in Twig MN, June 11th and 12th 2005

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